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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Turkish Islam
What advantage can Turkey bring to Europe? According to Mustafa Akyol, "the distinctive nature of Turkish Islam."
Turkish modernization began at least a century before Kemalism. In the 19th century, the Ottomans produced a new secular civil law, a constitution, a parliament, and Western-style schools and universities. They also encouraged sophisticated intellectual debate. Even Abdulhamid II (1876-1909), the most "Islamist" sultan of the later empire, launched an extensive modernization program that included the founding of modern schools where the Young Turks would flourish. In 1895, Descartes's Discourse on Method was translated into Turkish under the auspices of the sultan. Many other Western classics, as well as the political debates of the day in Europe, became part of Ottoman intellectual life. And this was embraced not just by the secular Young Turks, but also by more open-minded Islamists.

That heritage makes Turkish Islam--along with the Islam of the Balkans--a unique manifestation of Islamic modernity. Turkey would introduce this modern Islam into Europe, which is currently troubled by an undesirable version of the same faith. The E.U., then, would be wise to welcome the Turks for its own sake.
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All For Peace
There's nothing I can add to this story except send my best wishes to Shimon and Maysa.
The studio is in East Jerusalem, the transmitter in Ramallah, in the West Bank. Half the staff is Israeli, the others Palestinian. Some on-air programs are in Hebrew, others in Arabic.

From its founders to its employees to its musical offerings, the mission is equality and peaceful coexistence at All For Peace radio, the only jointly run Israeli-Palestinian radio in the Middle East.
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A Righteous Gentile
Even in the midst of the evil that was the Holocaust, the essence of God shone through.
Karady and Ujszaszy were held in jail for about half a year. When released, Karady succeeded in saving a group of Jewish children who were to be shot by the banks of the Danube River by bribing Hungarian fascists with her gold jewelry. She sheltered the children in her apartment until Budapest was liberated in January 1945.
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The Excitement And Thrilling Science Behind Eddy Arnold's HIV Drug
I very excitably posted an article about a possible cure for HIV a few days ago. Here's more about the team that has a very promising drug to kill HIV with. At Everything Jersey, an in-depth look at the science behind Eddy Arnold's nearly 20 year quest to stop AIDS dead in its tracks by unlocking the secrets of reverse transcriptase. I've quoted the whole thing here because Everything Jersey was kind enough as to inform me that it'll go behind a paid archives wall in a few days.
(jurgan77 pbuh)

"Reverse transcriptase is very important in the biology of AIDS," Smith said. "If you can really inhibit reverse transcriptase, you can stop AIDS."

This is the story of how a team of AIDS researchers remained true to their instincts about reverse transcriptase during nearly 20 years of painstaking research -- even when the rest of the scientific world was spinning in another direction.
There is balm in Gilead...Read on for the captivating trials and triumphs that led to this amazing breakthrough. Eddy Arnold may well have saved the lives of a hundred million human beings.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Fez of the Heart
Jeremy Seal travels around Turkey to find the origin of a hat and in the process shows us a country caught between East and West, familiar and strange at the same time. Fascinating, informative, funny and one of the best travel books I've read.
"And what is your business in Turkey?" he asked as one hand unzipped my bag and made a cursory journey through my spare underpants. I was about to answer when his eyes narrowed in a manner that indicated he had either had a compelling experience with those pants or discovered something that was less to his taste. From my bag, he withdrew a hat, tasseled and conical, made of maroon felt.
"And what is this?" he asked-the question with self-evident answer so beloved by petty schoolmasters.
"My fez," I replied dutifully. "I am researching a document about the history of Turkish hats," I told him, hiding behind the low-profile activities of academia.
It was as if I were in Pomegranate again. With this reminder of the past, I had offended the customs officer. I had questioned the version of Turkey that held sway at the country's airports and at resorts such as Pomegranate. And in so doing, I had buried my own doubts. I was here in search of my own version, a Turkey that was not so certain that her future was European and a people who had been hanged less than a lifetime ago for refusing to relinquish their fezzes.
He gave me a long, cool look, dropped the fez into my bag, zipped it up, and returned it to me. "You are ridiculous," he said. "Welcome to Turkey."
Read the review after the jump.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Korean Culture
From The Marmot's Hole, a thoughtful essay on volunteering.
Yesterday I was at the Inchon airport and was taking some money out of the bank machine. There was an elderly Korean gentleman next to me, obviously had poor vision, that was trying to withdraw money from his account. I quickly finished my transaction and thought nothing about it - I would have liked to help, but having had some bad experiences before, chose to mind my own business. The elderly gentleman, however, wasn’t timid, and asked me in Korean if I could speak and read Korean. I answered that I could to an extent and so he asked me to assist him with his transaction. We did it with no problem.

This may sound like no big deal, but for me it was something. As a foreigner (ugly and white [which only matters to Bluejives]) it is very seldom that the elderly ask for assistance. Many of them are put off by the language barrier, others may have issues [very justified in some cases] and distrust foreigners (and Koreans) with such a personal and sensitve thing like money.
Continue reading Helping Your Fellow Man
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Can't Sit Idly By
While the UN completely ignores the magnitude of the genocide continuing to take place in Darfur in favor of demonizing Israel, what small nation takes it upon itself to do something to help the plight of the refugees, even though they live in an officially hostile country?
Get the answer at Kosher Eucharist
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The Influence of Iran
We all know what role Iran plays in the Iraq war and what the stakes are. So how do we make sure Iran doesn't win this war?
In Iraq, the U.S. ought to have two obvious goals. To crush the Sunni insurgency before it can provoke the birth of an exclusive, angry Shiite political identity willing to do to the Arab Sunnis what the Baath once did to the Shia. If such an identity is born, it is most unlikely democracy can prevail. Washington must thus ensure that the democratic process in Iraq, regardless of the violence, keeps on rolling. As long as it does, clerical Iran will not be able to gain much traction inside the country. SCIRI, the Dawa and the Sadriyyin are not puppets controlled by Tehran; the rising power of southern Iraq's Shiite tribes, which historically have looked askance at clerical direction from any quarter, will further frustrate Iranian influence.
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